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The Mandate of Heaven (Medieval China Trilogy) Paperback – 4 Oct 2013

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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Myrmidon Books Ltd (4 Oct. 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 190580282X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905802821
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 4.1 x 15.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,524,059 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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" The author s knowledge of and love for this region and era are clear, and the reader is definitely immersed in the atmosphere and culture of the time. I recommend this to anyone interested in China and also anyone who feels like reading an interesting and well-written tale of love, betrayal, war and difficult decisions.
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About the Author

Tim Murgatroyd is an English teacher who lives with his family in York. He has remained fascinated by ancient China since his teens, when he discovered a slim volume of Chinese poetry in a second hand bookshop. Taming Poison Dragons, Breaking Bamboo and The Mandate of Heaven are Tim's first books and chronicle the turbulent events of the Mongol invasion of China. Author website: www.timmurgatroyd.com --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Having read the first two books in the trilogy and thoroughly enjoyed them I saved this one up for an absorbing holiday read. It did not disappoint. From opening passages one is absorbed and invested in the outcomes for the three main characters in the various fascinating plots and story lines. The characterisations are splendidly animated and while the historic detail comes across as deeply authentic the twists and turns for our heroes resonate in our modern travails, just as the author hopes. His labours are repaid.
My hope is to see the characters from the trilogy on a big screen as I think this would make excellent cinema.
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Have read all 3 volumes in this series and loved every one. Books received in very good condition. If you like Chinese period novels you'll love this series.
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An exceptional piece of work finishing a fine trilogy in style and leaving me wanting a fourth.
I have rarely read a book more than once but I am sure I will return to all three of these books.
It left me with such a detailed vision of landscape, relationships, culture and adventure.
Nothing was missing from this book, over 500 pages but not unnecessarily wordy and it wrapped the trilogy of books up perfectly.
Up there with the best!
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Mandate of Heaven is the conclusion of a trilogy that gives quite astounding insight into medieval Chinese history, culture and mind set. That the first two volumes have been translated into Chinese really says it all. These are authentic tales. The last is perhaps the least accessible with foot binding, grave robbery and Daoist sexual techniques to induce immortality. But these things happened. For anyone interested in China or who simply wants to read a really good historical novel these are quite the best thing since Patrick O'Brian and, if they are second to him, they run him a very, very close second indeed.
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Just finished the trilogy and like the other two really enjoyed it. My only, slight, complaints were the military action was passed over too quickly (I enjoy a good fight in a book) and felt a bit cheated. Without spoiling the plot the large naval battles go by quickly and a showdown on an island is over with no real description of the fight. I like to see my baddies get their come-uppance but this didnt happen for example one baddy is written off as having died quickly. These niggles stopped me giving 5 stars but still recomend the whole series to readers
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The Mandate of Heaven. This book out of the trilogy disturbed me the most. Foot binding and the general under current that Yun Shu the female main character in the story , experienced such treatment by her own folly related to duty and by the hands of unscrupulous men, really made for some uncomfortable feelings. However, this trilogy has been an absolute pleasure to read. A truly exceptional piece of work and writing..the imagery...well, read it for yourself. You will not be disappointed. A beautifully written trilogy.
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